Events for Monday, Jan 08, 2018

MPL: Alabama Contemporary Arts Center

Participants are invited to explore contemporary art and music through hands-on and minds-on activities that stimulate and deepen their understanding of art. For more information, please call the Children’s Department at 208-7086 or email 

Kid's Studio: Ages 8-13

Location: Ben May Main Library

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Night of Song- #7DaysofOpera

Join us for this cabaret setting including some of your favorite songs and favorite singers.

Location: The Royal Street Tavern, The Battle House Hotel

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MMofA: Posing Beauty in African American Culture Exhibit

Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the understanding of how African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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USA: 2017 Helen Keller Art Show

The 2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is currently on display in the first floor gallery of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The show will be on exhibit from November 16, 2017 – January 31, 2018. It is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is an annual show for Alabama students who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind. It was established in 1983 as a cooperative project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The art show is open to students of all ages in Alabama public, private, residential, and home schools. The philosophy of the exhibit is that all participating students are considered winners and teachers are encouraged to incorporate visual arts into the individual educational plan of each student. The show provides students an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. The artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.

Every year, the art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed in museums, art galleries, and agencies. The grand prize winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s birthplace.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors, including UAB Vision Science Research Center – Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Nelson Family Award, and the Boyd Rogan Family Award.

Location: Marx Library, University of South Alabama

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USA: “The Nature of Things” exhibit by local artist Lynda Touart

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by local artist, Lynda Touart entitled, “The Nature of Things II”. This exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of  USA’s Marx Library from December 4, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Lynda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting/photography from Florida State University. She has received many awards and has exhibited extensively throughout the area. For more information, visit her website

Location: USA Marx Library

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BG&H: Winter Camellia & Cold Hardy Annual Displays

See Bellingrath’s famed camellias and an interesting winter garden filled with the blooms of ornamental kale, cabbages and mustard, pansies and violas, primroses, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.

*Dates may vary depending on the severity of the winter.

Location: Bellingrath Gardens

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MMofA: Handbuilding In Clay With Denise Ralston

Fridays, January 5 – February 9
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$175/$130 members
EARLY BIRD: $155/$110 members
Register by 12/22/2017 for Early Bird Price 

Learn to sculpt beautiful clay vessels with instructor Denise Ralston. Basic handbuilding methods of coiling, pinching, and slab building will be covered in class, and demonstrations will be given on creating texture and surface finishing. Bring your ideas and the instructor will help you to realize your creative dreams!

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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University of Mobile: “Excised” Recent Works by Nicholas Tisdale, Exhibit & Artist Talk

The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile is hosting the work of artist Nicholas Tisdale in an exhibit called “Excised” in the Donald Gallery on campus Jan. 8-31. An artist talk will be held with Tisdale on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. with a reception following. Both the exhibit and artist talk are free and open to the public. The Donald Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located in Martin Hall on campus at University of Mobile, 5735 College Pkwy. Tisdale’s work investigates the trust and legitimacy associated with manufactured images and objects, and the role that the source of images plays in obscuring messages. In this body of work, he distorted historical and propaganda portraits by scanning them and manually wearing away the main subject through sanding, erasing, and scraping. He then paints and reinserts key features back into the piece. “I am interested in the relationship of these depicted figures and the messages they try to convey to the viewer,” explained Tisdale. “Through this process, I highlight the more strategic elements of the original piece.” For information about the show or visual art programs at University of Mobile, contact Phillip Counselman, associate professor of art, at or 251.442.2283.

Location: University of Mobile

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